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Building Inspections

Gold Coast Building Inspections

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

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Here at QBI, our building inspections are conducted by a licensed, professional inspector and carried out in accordance with Australian Standards AS4349.

This inspection consists of a visual assessment of all accessible areas on a building to identify any building defects including urgent maintenance.

The report is comprehensive, easy to read, tailor-made to your property and includes detailed photos. It will identify any major building problems and maintenance issues found in the building.

Building Construction Stages Inspections

Performing construction stage inspections ensures completion not only to the required building standard, but also to the best trade standard before the builder proceeds to the next construction stage (in some cases covering the defective work) and scheduled payments agreed to in your home building contract are made.

There are 2 stages we would recommend having inspected at minimum:

1. Frame and Slab stage

This stage is important as the inspector is able to check all the frame components [including trusses], for structural integrity and quality of workmanship, prior to the installation of wall cladding.
The concrete slab and/or foundation work is also inspected.

2. Practical Completion or Handover stage

The inspector will check for defects in the interior of the building:
Which includes all walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, cornices, architraves and skirtings, cupboards, robes, light fittings and switches, roof void including insulation and (where applicable) fire wall.
Wet areas are also checked for defects in tiling, screens, vanities, mirrors, toilet & bath, shower installation, fittings and performance, exhaust fans, water pipe hammer, sealing, grouting, leaks and ponding of water.

The exterior of the building is checked including any new retaining walls, fencing/gates, paths and driveways.
Wall cladding, roofing, flashing, guttering, downpipes, fascia and barge boards, eaves, expansion joints, hot water system, surface drainage, window reveals, steps, weep holes/vents, patios, porches, verandas/balconies, accessible subfloor areas, safety hazards and any incomplete work.

Our inspector not only looks for structural and compliancy issues, but also the standard of the work by the various trades.
He reports on Building Defects, Damage, Cosmetic Defects, Quality of Finish, Fixtures and Fittings, Incomplete Work and Safety Hazards.

The report will refer to current Australian Standards, Building Codes and QBCC Standards & Tolerances Guidelines.

Our aim is to assist you in receiving a well built, quality finished home at completion.

Dilapidation Inspection

A dilapidation report is extremely comprehensive and is carried out on a building before major work is done on a nearby structure. The report takes note of the condition of your building before the work starts, so that if any damage to your building occurs, you can prove that it occurred as a result of the neighbouring construction. You get a copy of the report as well as the property owner doing construction nearby. This serves to avoid disputes about any damage that may occur from the nearby construction. Another report is undertaken once the works are completed to document changes to your building, if any.

A dilapidation report would be suitable in these circumstances: a large hole is being dug on a neighbouring property, Water Board pipes are being laid, road works are being carried out, or a retaining wall is altered, and so forth.

Creating a dilapidation report also protects you from claims made by neighbouring and adjoining properties during the demolition and construction process of your building project.

Renovation Inspection

Having a renovation report done is a vital step in the renovation of any building. Our inspector will inform you on what is structurally safe and which parts of the building can’t be touched prior to planning the project.

And of course, as with any new construction work, we recommend having at least a practical completion building inspection carried out.

Pre-Sale Building Defects Inspection

This building inspection and report is your most powerful selling tool.

It is important to vendors for 2 reasons:

  1. No nasty surprises – you know what the defects are prior to listing your property for sale. Even a well maintained home can have hidden issues that may affect the sale. Most common hidden defects found are: subfloor poor ventilation and drainage, high moisture behind kitchen and bathroom tiles and some structural issues and leaks are only noticed during a thorough inspection.
  2. Once having a pre-sale building defects inspection carried out you now have a choice as to either declaring the defects found to prospective purchasers, or use the report to have repairs fixed and provide the receipt to prospective purchasers. Ensure any repair work is done by a qualified professional and they guarantee their work. You can then pass this on to the new owner.

Our inspector may also have a few tips for you to improve sale presentation.

Body Corporate Building Inspections & Property Maintenance Estimates

Why get a Building Maintenance Inspection Report?

If building and property maintenance issues are identified and repaired early an owner can save thousands of dollars in some cases, as major repairs can be prevented altogether.

Our reports will identify any major building problems and maintenance issues that should be rectified to prevent further deterioration of a building or property.

Building Disputes (non contractual)

Having trouble communicating with your builder?

Are you being bullied or ignored? Nothing going to plan?

Has it gotten to the point that you want to lodge a complaint with the QBCC?

Our inspections and reports can help you.

Contact Us for more information.

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